SHANGHAI – An investigation was underway on Sunday in a mine accident in southwest China that killed seven miners and left three others injured.
The accident took place around 6 pm on Saturday evening in a mine in Chongqing, when a connecting mining skip had snapped and plummeted down a shaft, where around 10 miners were working, China’s state-run news agency Xinhua said.
Seven of the miners were killed on the spot while the three injured were taken to the hospital, one of whom is reportedly in a serious condition.
In China, mines, especially coal mines – the country’s main source of energy – are among the most dangerous in the world with a high rate of accidents, although in recent years fatalities have fallen significantly.
In 2017, there were 219 accidents in Chinese coal mines with 375 deaths, a drop of 28.7 percent from 2016 and 20 times lower than the figure recorded during the early 2000s, when up to 7,000 people had died in mine accidents each year.